Reviewer:S D K
August 20, 2015 Subject:
"Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"? no.
I know DeadBase V and X call the last piece of music here (and again on 1966-12-01) "'Merry-Go-Round Broke Down' tuning".
DeadBase is wrong about this. This piece is not "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"; it's a medley of vaudeville "stealing-a-bow" cliches, including the last bars of "Twilight Time" and the "Shave-and-a-Haircut" riff -- but not including "The Merry-Go-Round ...".
The Dead can be heard falling into the actual "Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" early in recordings purportedly from 1969-09-30, also at the beginning of the 1971-02-19 show. For reference, non-Dead (especially Looney Tunes) versions abound on Youtube. It's not a song the Dead played 1966-11-29.
The positions of the above examples point to another fallacy regarding the so-called "Merry-Go-Round ... " "tunings" of 1966-11-29 and 1966-12-01. DeadBase calls this piece a "tuning" -- it's obviously not. It's clearly well-rehearsed and it's positioned at the very end of the show. What would they be tuning for?
I think it's important that history record same things the same and different things different.
April 29, 2014 Subject:
now this here show...
... Twas part of a two vinyl record thing by Sundowner Records back in the early 70's. Supposedly recorded at The Avalon. But now I see it was really at the Matrix. And this night...which has this version of "Same Thing"...gives you an idea of an early Dead attempt at snynapsis. A good one at that. I'll have to investigate this one more as time progresses. Five stars!
March 8, 2014 Subject:
November 29, 2013 Subject:
This stuff is just irresistible. Put on Me and My Uncle LOUD as can go, kick back, and listen to that rolling thunder roll. Exciting as all hell. Vai-ola Lee Blues takes the cake here (cut and all), but it's all worth streaming. Now that the dates are more or less sorted out on these Matrix shows, it's fun to hear them one night to the next - 12/1 takes more of the accolades, but this one's just sheer fun.
July 6, 2012 Subject:
I'm listening to Early Morning Rain now. InfinityOE prefers an even earlier version? Earlier than November of 1966? I'll certainly have to check that out.
This Dead stuff never ends, does it? Thankful for that!
November 14, 2011 Subject:
The Grateful Dead: Show #91
Fresh off the vinyl... The old bent and bruised vinyl. In other words, bad recording (though my appreciation for the upload holds strong!). 2 out of 3 sets here. Sounds like a great show to be at.
A few songs I've never heard before (Big Boy Pete, Been Down So Long, Something On Your Mind, I Just Want To Make Love To You)... That's a treat. Me And My Uncle... Nice. This may be the first one on Archive, or have I said that before? Kreutzmann starts off on a bebop note. 6 stars for that songs performance alone... Does the rest of the show follow in that pattern?.. Only at times for me. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean should be changed to One Kind Favor as it appears on the setlist below. Great version of this song. I've always compared this song to House Of The Rising Sun... Very similar. I personally enjoy the earlier versions of Early Morning Rain, but it's nice to hear how it changed over a few short months... Doesn't sound at all like you remembered it, does it? Not much on the 3rd set from me except, awesome closing jam!.. Haha.
April 11, 2011 Subject:
This rocks! Serious psychedelic R&B, maaaaan! I've been looking for the earliest Grateful Dead show that I can call truly excellent, and here it is! Even the right channel drop-out during Viola Lee sounds like nothing less than a trippy effect, a la Pink Floyd doing "Welcome to the Machine". I wish I could shake Graham's hand. Yep, for me, this is definitely Nick's Picks disc 1!
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
March 21, 2010 Subject:
We Were Stealing
Even though this is not a perfect recording ~ not by any stretch ~ it is a wonderful representation of the Grateful Dead before they became a whoreshold word.
Me and two friends stole away from the safe and warm confines of our parent's suburban homes and went tripping into the city after syphoning a full tank of gas out of the neighbor's cars. Well, that 53 Cadillac of ours used a lot of gas!
So, in the middle of the night we crossed the Bay Bridge and went driving around the city. We wanted to drive out to the Golden Gate Bridge and walk across it, but it was very windy and cold, so we somehow ended up in the Marina District. And as we were driving around I saw the Matrix and told my buddies that I wanted to go in there.
When we got to the door my friends found out that you had to be 21 to enter, but, looking authoritative, I flashed my high school press pass at the bouncer and told him that the friends with me were cool. It was very late and the bouncer didn't seem to care. He let us come in for free.
What we witnessed was closely related to absolute bedlam. There were a bunch of folks in weird get-up and they all looked like they were very drunk and writhing around to the music. The place was very small and the band was positioned in an L-shaped configuration to accommodate the room. I had been to the Matrix once before to see the original Jefferson Airplane, but, for some reason, I didn't recognize the place ~ the club's owner's had made some modifications to the interior.
It was all so sublime. The GD played standards that most of us recognized, only they would drag out the middle portions of the song and attack it so feverishly that when you thought you couldn't stand it any longer they would finally resolve and bring the song back to its former roots.
We stood up against the wall and listened and watched. I was all of 17 going on 22.
Afterward, we drove down Lombard to Van Ness and continued onto Lombard and down the "Crookedest Street in the World."
The boys dropped me off at around 3:30 am. Three hours later my dad knocked on my door. It was time to get up,
But I was already up.
How I made it through school and wrestling practice I'll never know, but I was young and could stay up all night.
That's what you had to do.
Fond, fond memories.
Damn, I don't know if I should be proud or totally embarrassed. I just let my life slip away into following this crap.